Jack Phillabaum Obituary
 
In Memory of

Jack Hanson Phillabaum

August 25, 1929 - February 10, 2012
Obituary

Celebration of Life Services for the Reverend Doctor Jack Hanson Phillabaum, Chaplain Major, U.S. Army (Ret) of Tempe, Arizona will be held Sunday March 4, 2012 at 4pm in the Mission del Sol Presbyterian Church, 1565 East Warner Road, Tempe. Dr. Phillabaum passed from this life peacefully on Friday, February 10, 2012. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Jack entered life on August 25, 1929, in Wabash, Indiana, born to the late Chester and Bernice (Gidley) Phillabaum. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Cassandra; sons Mark (Cherilyn) Phillabaum of West Bloomfield, Michigan and Paul (Joanna)...
Celebration of Life Services for the Reverend Doctor Jack Hanson Phillabaum, Chaplain Major, U.S. Army (Ret) of Tempe, Arizona will be held Sunday March 4, 2012 at 4pm in the Mission del Sol Presbyterian Church, 1565 East Warner Road, Tempe. Dr. Phillabaum passed from this life peacefully on Friday, February 10, 2012. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Jack entered life on August 25, 1929, in Wabash, Indiana, born to the late Chester and Bernice (Gidley) Phillabaum. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Cassandra; sons Mark (Cherilyn) Phillabaum of West Bloomfield, Michigan and Paul (Joanna) Phillabaum of Stafford, Virginia; daughter Carla (Jeff) Graves of Durant, Iowa; six grandchildren, Cole and Riley, Jacob and Joshua, Susan and Brian; brother Duane (Bonnie) of McAlester, Oklahoma; sister-in-law Catherine Gleason of Potomac, Maryland. Jack's life of military service to his country began with Navy enlistment at the age of 17. He later received his certification as a frogman with the Underwater Demolition Teams. After receiving his B.A. from the University of Maryland, Jack attended the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1959 as a Presbyterian minister. Jack returned to the military as a U.S. Army Chaplain receiving numerous awards including the Bronze Star for gallantry in action during the 1968 Viet Nam Tet Offensive. Jack later attended the San Francisco Theological Seminary receiving his Doctor of Divinity. Dr. Phillabaum was a 60-year Masonic member who enjoyed hunting, fishing, ASU sports, politics and woodworking. In retirement, he was actively involved with the Superstition Mountain Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and the Military Order of World Wars. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Navy SEAL Foundation (www.nswfoundation.org). Memories and expression of condolences can be made by signing the Guest Book at www.carrtenneymortuary.com.

"Jack was a great man, he will not be forgotten!" Austen Omar (Madison, AL)

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